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Lake Tjörnin is a nice and peaceful place to walk around, located in the center of Reykjavik. The lake harbours varied birdlife (many arctic bird species, swans, geese and ducks) which makes it a favourite spot for young families who come and take a stroll around the lake or feed the many birds that frequent this oasis, which is a very popular pastime here in Reykjavík. At the turn of the 20th century, there were no birds left on the lake as they were all shot for food. This, as well as boat traffic was forbidden in 1919. Birds then started to be seen again. Swans were introduced to the lake in 1920 and shortly after 9 different duck species were also introduced in turn. In the winter when the lake freezes over, people sometimes go skating or play ice-hockey on the lake. Interestingly, this lake is heated geothermally, so that even in the winter, a part of the lake never freezes over. As a result, the resident flock of geese stays here throughout the winter instead of traveling to southern Europe.

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I tried a black and white conversion in the WS. I thought this would make a lovely photograph too. So hopefully you like it.

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Additional Photos by Jean Sindera (janjan1897) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 13 N: 455] (2301)
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